Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 - digital camera review: Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 - digital camera

The camera's 320x240 movie mode is on a par with the X60's basic feature set; it's fine for casual use, but don't expect to send it to the big screen. You can also record audio clips, although each one is limited to 15 seconds. A continuous-shooting mode as well as a multiframe option that captures as many as nine images in a grid are also available.

In playback mode, an E-mail Copy function makes it easy to create a small version of your photo to send via the Internet. You can also paste one image into another, choosing from one of several shapes; trim a still image; or capture a frame from a video.

If you happen to be a scuba diver or snorkeler, you'll be happy to know that there's an underwater housing for the X60 that's depth-rated to 130 feet.

In our tests, the Konica Minolta Dimage X60 wasn't quite as fast as the sprightly X50. Start-up to first shot extended slightly longer than 2 seconds, including the time it took to slide the lens barrier open. We had to wait almost 3 seconds between shots without flash. With the flash, the recycling time extended our wait to 3.24 seconds.


Battery life was decent, and we were able to spend several hours shooting, deleting, and reviewing images without depleting the little rechargeable cell.

At high resolution, the 1.59fps continuous shooting nearly matched Konica Minolta's estimate of 1.6fps and maxed out at 4 images. Low-resolution continuous shooting was only slightly faster at 1.73fps and also captured 4 images.

Without an AF illuminator to help, the X60's low-light focusing ability was about average at 1 second. Shutter lag was less evident under bright light at 0.7 second. Although the lens moved smoothly through its focal-length range, the camera's autofocus took a split second to catch up.

The flash range is only about 8 feet in wide angle and drops to a maximum of 6.6 feet in telephoto, so you need to be relatively close to your subject in dim light.

The little Konica Minolta Dimage X60 delivered good image quality for its class, with nicely saturated colors and accurate exposures under some difficult conditions. With its decent dynamic range, the camera held onto highlights fairly well, even though shadows were sometimes blocked.

We saw a moderate amount of noise in our photos, and it was a bit hard to control since noise reduction is applied automatically and isn't selectable. But in general, images shot at ISO 200 were usable, and ISO 400 shots, although noisy, weren't the worst we've seen at high sensitivity.

Super Macro mode, which focuses down to 2 inches, worked relatively well, although details were a little soft at that distance. The flash's weak output worked well for close-up shots, too.

While purple fringing was evident in some shots, it was less prominent than we'd expected.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun 1, 2005
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 5.0 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"